Anifah to file for revision of Kimanis court ruling

Anifah Aman.

KOTA KINABALU: Former foreign minister Anifah Aman is expected to file for a revision of the court’s move to declare his election in the Kimanis parliamentary seat null and void.

In a statement, his lawyer Tengku Ahmad Fuad said the Federal Court’s decision had been biased, adding that a revision would be filed within the week.

“In his application, Anifah will contend that the Federal Court quorum which heard his appeal was tainted or at risk of bias.

“This is because three of the five judges who heard Anifah’s appeal also presided over and heard the election petitioner, Warisan candidate Karim Bujang’s previous appeal to the Federal Court.”

Tengku Ahmad, who replaced Anifah’s previous lawyer Ansari Abdullah, added that a fresh quorum of judges should have heard Anifah’s appeal.

However, he added that he had not been instructed to sue the Election Commission for allegedly failing to ensure a clean election process in last year’s general election.

On Dec 5, a five-member bench led by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat unanimously dismissed Anifah’s appeal against the earlier election court ruling nullifying his victory in the May 9, 2018 polls.

Anifah had won the seat with a 156-vote majority in a three-cornered fight, securing 11,942 votes against Karim, who gained 11,786 votes, and Parti Harapan’s Jaafar Ismail, who garnered 1,300 votes.

He quit Umno last year, citing the party’s failure to deliver state rights. He has since been seen taking part in roadshows and talking about winning back the state’s rights.